The Coach House @ The Old Rectory is perfect for a romantic getaway for couples, lying in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Blackdown Hills, between Chard in the south and Taunton in the north. Formerly an Edwardian Coaching House built to house the horses of Reverend Lance in 1905 and set in the grounds of The Old Rectory and the owner’s home, it has been lovingly restored into a cosy two bedroomed cottage. It is stylish, with many original features retained, yet it offers all the modern creatures comfort, such as a well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, and a lovely raised mezzanine living area which resembles an original horse loose box and accommodates the original hay and water feeder. If not enjoying the beautiful cottage, countryside and surroundings, this location is ideal for dog walking or simply taking in the wildlife and scenery, with much to enjoy within easy driving. There are many historic houses in the area, such as Montacute House and Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Barrington Court and Hestercombe Gardens, or, guests can drive to Glastonbury Tor for an exhilarating walk to the top with some magnificent views of Somerset, perhaps calling in at The Clarkes Factory Village, Wells Cathedral and Palace. The Quantocks and Exmoor National Park are within easy driving and for a trip back in time, travel from Taunton along the West Somerset Steam Railway to Minehead. Going south, visit West Dorset and Devon, maybe spending a day or two exploring the World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis. The county town of Taunton is also well worth a visit, with its many shops, restaurants and places of interest. Beach 15 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
House, 2 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
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- 14 Nov 2018
Wonderful from start to finish!!
Our family (2A + 2C) were extremely fortunate to spend a wonderful two weeks at The Coach House in July. Even prior to turning up the communication with Sally was extremely helpful and the welcome pack upon arrival was amazing (much more than we expected and much better than any pack we had received at other properties). Throughout our time at The Coach House Sally and Neil were brilliant, very welcoming/friendly, not intrusive and always helpful.
The Coach House itself has a fantastic character and the layout has been well thought out, we spent the end of most days around the kitchen table playing the many games provided... brilliant fun!! The location is also excellent, not too far from major roads so getting to local towns, the coast (Sidmouth is lovely) and the many attractions nearby (e.g. National Trust, Haynes Museum, Seaton Trams etc.) is extremely straightforward. Also, the area is really good for walking... but if completing the Staple Fitzpaine Herepath take a packed lunch and plenty of water as it is a 13+ miles but the views are worth it. However, the best walks are to the Candlelight pub (absolutely lovely place but watch your head if you are tall) and the Eagle Tavern (which has a play area for the kids).
Overall, we cannot recommend this property highly enough as we had a wonderful holiday.